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George Morgan
06-10-2016, 02:40 AM
Great performance so far in Isle of Man chess tournament by Max Illingworth on 4/5 after just defeating a 2650 GM to be ahead of a host of super GMs including Hikaru Nakamura and Michael Adams. Emma Guo and John Paul Wallace also competing

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/isle-of-man-2016/5/1/1

Kevin Bonham
06-10-2016, 11:10 AM
Illingworth - Bachmann

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.0-0 Nc6 7.d5 Nb8 8.h3 c6 9.a4 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Re1 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Rc8 13.Bf1 Re8 14.Rad1 cxd5 15.exd5 Rc5 16.Nd4 a6 17.b4 Rc8 18.Nc6 Rxc6 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.Bxa6 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Qa8+ 22.Nd5 e6 23.Bc4 Ne5 24.Bxf6 Nxc4 25.Qd4 Bxf6 26.Qe4 Be5 27.Nc7 d5 28.Qxe5 Qxa4 29.Qa1 1-0

MichaelBaron
06-10-2016, 02:00 PM
Illingworth - Bachmann

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.0-0 Nc6 7.d5 Nb8 8.h3 c6 9.a4 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Re1 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Rc8 13.Bf1 Re8 14.Rad1 cxd5 15.exd5 Rc5 16.Nd4 a6 17.b4 Rc8 18.Nc6 Rxc6 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.Bxa6 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Qa8+ 22.Nd5 e6 23.Bc4 Ne5 24.Bxf6 Nxc4 25.Qd4 Bxf6 26.Qe4 Be5 27.Nc7 d5 28.Qxe5 Qxa4 29.Qa1 1-0

Very strange play by Black. even 2650-rated players have their dark days.

George Morgan
06-10-2016, 06:31 PM
Manuel Weeks's analysis of the game here

http://en.chessbase.com/post/isle-of-man-rd5-upsets-and-superstitions

Capablanca-Fan
07-10-2016, 07:04 AM
Very strange play by Black. even 2650-rated players have their dark days.

So do players hovering around 2800, it seems, against someone about 200 points lower, and in his own opening favorite (albeit with white), no less:

[Event "Isle of Man Open"]
[Site "Douglas ENG"]
[Date "2016.10.03"]
[EventDate "2016.10.01"]
[Round "5.4"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Black "Benjamin Bok"]
[ECO "D70"]
[WhiteElo "2787"]
[BlackElo "2594"]
[PlyCount "70"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 c5 5. d5 d6 6. Ne2 Bg7 7. Nec3 a6 8. a4 Nh5 9. Be3 exd5 10. cxd5 f5 11. exf5 gxf5 12. Qd2 O-O 13. Be2 Nd7 14. O-O f4 15. Bf2 Qg5 16. g4 Ne5 17. Kh1 Nf6 18. Rg1 Qg6 19. Bh4 h5 20. g5 Nfg4 21. Ne4 Bf5 22. Nf6+ Rxf6 23. gxf6 Bxf6 24. Nc3 Bxh4 25. Raf1 Bg5 26. h4 Bh6 27. fxg4 hxg4 28. Rxf4 Qh5 29. Rg2 Qxh4+ 30. Kg1 Ng6 31. Rxf5 Bxd2 32. Rxg4 Bxc3 33. bxc3 Qe1+ 34. Bf1 Kg7 35. Rfg5 Qb1 0-1

Also analyzed in that excellent Weeks article.

Leonid Sandler
07-10-2016, 07:19 AM
Fantastic performance( so far) by former Australian Champion 40-years old John Paul Wallace who got a real chance for GM Norm! Go JPW!:clap::clap::clap:

ER
07-10-2016, 04:13 PM
Isn't the playing hall magnificent?

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Picture from ChessBaseIndia

MichaelBaron
07-10-2016, 07:53 PM
Isn't the playing hall magnificent?

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Picture from ChessBaseIndia

Reminds me of the previous ''home'' of the Box Hill/Canterbury chess club.

Kevin Bonham
07-10-2016, 08:50 PM
Max is black against Fressinet for the second time in four weeks!

Max Illingworth
08-10-2016, 06:09 AM
Fantastic performance( so far) by former Australian Champion 40-years old John Paul Wallace who got a real chance for GM Norm! Go JPW!:clap::clap::clap:

Now John Paul is on 5/7 after a win against Bachmann! :clap: Australia, there's a new huge talent in our ranks :)

Also, .5/2 will guarantee John Paul his first Grandmaster norm.

Leonid Sandler
08-10-2016, 06:59 AM
Now John Paul is on 5/7 after a win against Bachmann! :clap: Australia, there's a new huge talent in our ranks :)

Also, .5/2 will guarantee John Paul his first Grandmaster norm.

What's fantastic stuff! However JPW is not a new talent :lol:.He won the Australian Championship in Melbourne in 1994!:clap:

Well done on your performance Max, after all these 2600 plus guys are not scary at all!:D

MichaelBaron
08-10-2016, 10:00 AM
Now John Paul is on 5/7 after a win against Bachmann! :clap: Australia, there's a new huge talent in our ranks :)

Also, .5/2 will guarantee John Paul his first Grandmaster norm.

Great! Hopefully he can make it! Good to see John-Paul making a comeback. In the early 1990's - he was Australia's brightest chess hope becoming Australian Champion at the age of 17!

ER
08-10-2016, 10:39 AM
What's fantastic stuff! However JPW is not a new talent :lol:.He won the Australian Championship in Melbourne in 1994!:clap:

Well done on your performance Max, after all these 2600 plus guys are not scary at all!:D

Hey Prez, I saw him performing at Kavala Open last year, he looked great. Make sure you try to entice him to come back and contest the Victorian Championship again! :)

MichaelBaron
08-10-2016, 10:48 AM
Hey Prez, I saw him performing at Kavala Open last year, he looked great. Make sure you try to entice him to come back and contest the Victorian Championship again! :)

Making him contest Victorian Championship again would be difficult...as John Paul is from NSW.

ER
08-10-2016, 12:07 PM
Making him contest Victorian Championship again would be difficult...as John Paul is from NSW.

so what? he won the big one here! FM Greg J Canfell has shown the way!


He won the Australian Championship in Melbourne in 1994!

jammo
08-10-2016, 01:36 PM
Making him contest Victorian Championship again would be difficult...as John Paul is from NSW.

And contesting it "AGAIN" would be even more difficult having not contested it in the first place.

Adamski
08-10-2016, 04:20 PM
Best wishes Max for second game recently with Fressinet!

ER
08-10-2016, 05:24 PM
Best wishes Max for second game recently with Fressinet!

It ended in a draw Adamski!

In the 8th, penultimate round we have

GM Leko Peter 2709 vs IM Wallace John Paul 2355

GM Movsesian Sergei 2677 vs GM Illingworth Max 2465

and

WIM Guo Emma 2018 vs FM Lorscheid Gerhard 2238

ER
08-10-2016, 06:22 PM
Really impressive (not) the heading of this thread refers only to Illingworth and Guo! Thank God in the introduction there's a reference to JPW as an also run! Well ...

Leonid Sandler
08-10-2016, 06:44 PM
Hey Prez, I saw him performing at Kavala Open last year, he looked great. Make sure you try to entice him to come back and contest the Victorian Championship again! :)

It would be good to get interstate players who won the Victorian Champion title( in some stage of their careers) to compete in the Vic Championship again.Ian Rogers and David Smerdon for example.:)

Kevin Bonham
08-10-2016, 07:33 PM
Really impressive (not) the heading of this thread refers only to Illingworth and Guo! Thank God in the introduction there's a reference to JPW as an also run! Well ...

I don't think it deserves criticism but I have edited the title so that references to John-Paul's performance will be easier to find in the future.

ER
08-10-2016, 08:05 PM
I don't think it deserves criticism but I have edited the title so that references to John-Paul's performance will be easier to find in the future.

Thanks Kev. It wasn't really criticism, just some cranky old whinging! :P :) I didn't even capitalise a word, or quoted without using laughing emoticons like a silly old sook! :P :)

ER
08-10-2016, 08:16 PM
It would be good to get interstate players who won the Victorian Champion title( in some stage of their careers) to compete in the Vic Championship again.Ian Rogers and David Smerdon for example.:)

Thanks Prez, I know you can produce aces when it comes to inviting great chess personalities in Victoria. Without your efforts we could only dream of having foreign players like the Russian GM Vasily Papin and

Kazakhstan Grandmasters like Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Rustam Khusnutdinov visiting our shores!

MichaelBaron
08-10-2016, 08:42 PM
And contesting it "AGAIN" would be even more difficult having not contested it in the first place.

That was exactly my point :). This is a rare instance where I got to agree with Mr. ''Grammar Nazi'' :)

ER
09-10-2016, 06:37 AM
If I may interrupt the proceedings of the above sweet renewal of eternal love and devotion vows in order to add some less significant information related to the thread's topic? thanks!

The super GM was at not point able to break through the Australian's Najdorf Sicilian. (If it wasn't a Najdorf bad luck, that's what it looked like to me)

White P. Leko
Black J.P. Wallace]
[Result 0.5 - 0.5


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 h6 8. Bg2
Be7 9. h4 Nc6 10. g5 hxg5 11. hxg5 Rxh1+ 12. Bxh1 Nh7 13. f4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 e5
15. fxe5 Nxg5 16. Nd5 Ne6 17. Qg1 Bh4+ 18. Kd1 dxe5 19. c3 Bd7 20. Qh2 Ba4+ 21.
b3 Bc6 22. Qxe5 Bf6 23. Qg3 Rc8 24. Bd2 Bg5 25. Kc2 Bxd2 26. Kxd2 Qg5+ 27. Qxg5
Nxg5 28. c4 Kf8 29. Kd3 f6 30. Bg2 Nf7 31. Kd4 Ne5 32. Rh1 Kf7 33. Bf1 Nf3+ 34.
Ke3 Ng5 35. Bg2 Re8 36. Kd3 Ne6 37. Rf1 Nc5+ 38. Kd4 Ne6+ 39. Ke3 a5 40. Rf5
Ng5 41. Kd4 Ne6+ 42. Ke3 Ng5 43. a3 Bd7 44. Rf2 Bc6 45. Kd3 Ne6 46. b4 axb4 47.
axb4 Ra8 48. c5 Bb5+ 49. Kc3 Ra3+ 50. Kb2 Rg3 51. Nc3 Bc6 52. Bf1 Re3 53. Bc4
Bxe4 54. Nd5 Bxd5 55. Bxd5 Re5 56. Rd2 Ke7 57. Kb3 Nd8 58. Ka4 f5 59. Kb5 f4
60. Kb6 g5 61. Bf3 Re3 62. Bh5 Re6+ [My Fritz 15 wants 62... Rb3 here] 63. Ka7 Nc6+ 64. Kxb7 Nxb4 65.
Bg4 Rc6 66. Rd4 Rxc5 67. Rxb4 Kd6 68. Kb6

Draw

ER
09-10-2016, 07:15 AM
In today's R9 - final round we have

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and ... it happens sometimes! :)

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Kaitlin
09-10-2016, 07:57 AM
Duel citizenship?

Capablanca-Fan
09-10-2016, 08:19 AM
The super GM was at not point able to break through the Australian's Najdorf Sicilian. (If it wasn't a Najdorf bad luck, that's what it looked like to me)
Yes it was.

ER
09-10-2016, 08:35 AM
Duel citizenship?

just a duel methinks!

ER
09-10-2016, 08:36 AM
Yes it was.

Thanks Capablanca-Fan! :)

Jesper Norgaard
09-10-2016, 08:50 AM
...

The super GM was at not point able to break through the Australian's Najdorf Sicilian. (If it wasn't a Najdorf bad luck, that's what it looked like to me)

White P. Leko
Black J.P. Wallace]
[Result 0.5 - 0.5


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 h6 8. Bg2
Be7 9. h4 Nc6 10. g5 hxg5 11. hxg5 Rxh1+ 12. Bxh1 Nh7 13. f4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 e5
15. fxe5 Nxg5 16. Nd5 Ne6 17. Qg1 Bh4+ 18. Kd1 dxe5 19. c3 Bd7 20. Qh2 Ba4+ 21.
b3 Bc6 22. Qxe5 Bf6 23. Qg3 Rc8 24. Bd2 Bg5 25. Kc2 Bxd2 26. Kxd2 Qg5+ 27. Qxg5
Nxg5 28. c4 Kf8 29. Kd3 f6 30. Bg2 Nf7 31. Kd4 Ne5 32. Rh1 Kf7 33. Bf1 Nf3+ 34.
Ke3 Ng5 35. Bg2 Re8 36. Kd3 Ne6 37. Rf1 Nc5+ 38. Kd4 Ne6+ 39. Ke3 a5 40. Rf5
Ng5 41. Kd4 Ne6+ 42. Ke3 Ng5 43. a3 Bd7 44. Rf2 Bc6 45. Kd3 Ne6 46. b4 axb4 47.
axb4 Ra8 48. c5 Bb5+ 49. Kc3 Ra3+ 50. Kb2 Rg3 51. Nc3 Bc6 52. Bf1 Re3 53. Bc4
Bxe4 54. Nd5 Bxd5 55. Bxd5 Re5 56. Rd2 Ke7 57. Kb3 Nd8 58. Ka4 f5 59. Kb5 f4
60. Kb6 g5 61. Bf3 Re3 62. Bh5 Re6+ [My Fritz {15} wants 62...Rb3 here]
63. Ka7 Nc6+ 64. Kxb7 Nxb4 65.
Bg4 Rc6 66. Rd4 Rxc5 67. Rxb4 Kd6 68. Kb6

Draw

I could not load the game in either of three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, MS Edge) but then I rearranged Elliottīs comment, and now it works! Numbers in comments are a source of obscure errors.

Elliott you owe me a beer! Maybe I can collect when you come to visit Aron Nimzowitsch' grave in Copenhagen?

ER
09-10-2016, 11:34 AM
I could not load the game in either of three browsers (Firefox, Chrome, MS Edge) but then I rearranged Elliottīs comment, and now it works! Numbers in comments are a source of obscure errors.

Elliott you owe me a beer! Maybe I can collect when you come to visit Aron Nimzowitsch' grave in Copenhagen?

Funny thing, it works perfectly on mine. A beer is a beer though and of course I will shout you one or three when in Copenhagen. I would love to go to one of those open air pub restaurants at the mall across the road from the City hall, with the bands, the fruit stalls and the bakeries.! :) I think the annual jazz festival is held there as well! :)

This is the place I am talking about! :)

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Kaitlin
09-10-2016, 02:28 PM
Didn't work for me either, plus I'll need airfare :)

Kevin Bonham
09-10-2016, 07:10 PM
I make it that John-Paul has actually exceeded the GM norm requirement by half a point plus whatever he might score in round 9. But this is only because his draw with Leko has given him such a high-rated opponent; a loss in round 8 might have left him still with work to do.

Holding a player who a dozen years ago was so nearly World Champion to a draw with black is not a bad way to secure a GM norm!

Geelong Grizzle
09-10-2016, 07:45 PM
Looks like Leko threw everything at him. And the top 16 boards in Round 9 features 31 GM's, except one on Board 8.

Kevin Bonham
09-10-2016, 10:04 PM
If John-Paul at least draws his round 9 game then I have it that he gets a 10-game norm under rule 1.41d.

Kevin Bonham
09-10-2016, 11:17 PM
The other impressive thing about this is he's done it after losing in round 1. Quite rare that a player who loses in round 1 in an open Swiss ends up getting a norm, in my experience.

ER
10-10-2016, 05:28 AM
The winners

Caruana 7.5
Eljavov 7.5
Naiditsch 7.0

All three Australians lost in the final round.
Final standings for Aussies
41. JP Wallace 5.5
62. M. Illingworth 4.5
123. Emma Guo 2.5

JP finished half a point better than WWC Hou Yifan (42nd - 5.0)

MichaelBaron
10-10-2016, 10:55 AM
In the meantime, 11-year old smashed a GM as black!
http://en.chessbase.com/post/news-flash-a-truly-historic-game

Ian Rout
10-10-2016, 03:05 PM
I was surprised to see that the US Big Three were here rather than at "Millionaire" Chess which overlapped. MC is apparently headed for Skid Row these days with a first prize of only $30k (meaning you would need to win every year from now to 2049 to become a millionaire), and I believe it also doesn't offer conditions or even free entry. But you would think it might have been more strategic to split up rather than compete with each other - perhaps the sponsors offered a package deal for the set?

pax
10-10-2016, 03:18 PM
In the meantime, 11-year old smashed a GM as black!
http://en.chessbase.com/post/news-flash-a-truly-historic-game

That kid is one to watch, as the youngest IM in history. Not far from a GM norm himself, and he's been putting these kinds of performances together for a while now. I wouldn't bet against him breaking Karjakin's GM record.

https://en.chessbase.com/post/praggnanandhaa-youngest-chess-im-in-history
http://gardinerchess.com.au/gm-rogers-praggnanandhaa/

Agent Smith
11-10-2016, 10:59 PM
Nasty blunder by Max in the last round. But it was an interesting tournament :)
Attached are the games i name checked.. I'm not sure if they are available easily elsewhere.

Adamski
12-10-2016, 06:09 AM
Many thanks, Agent Smith! 520 games!!

Agent Smith
12-10-2016, 04:03 PM
I spent a moment and fixed the last few name errors i could quickly see.
Probably all games will be released shortly anyway.

Hou beat the Indian wunderkid , swapping her queen for two rooks.
Praggnanandhaa lost after scarificing a piece for a passed pawn.

[Event "Isle of Man Masters"]
[Site "Villa Marina, Isle of Man"]
[Date "2016.10.02"]
[Round "2.14"]
[White "Praggnanandhaa, R."]
[Black "Hou, Yifan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2442"]
[BlackElo "2649"]
[ECO "B83"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.8"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O a6 8. f4 Qc7 9. Kh1 O-O 10. a4 Nc6 11. Be3 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 Bd7 13. e5 Ne8 14. Qb4 Bc6 15. Bb6 dxe5 16. Qa5 Qc8 17. fxe5 g6 18. Bd3 Bd8 19. Ne4 Bxb6 20. Qxb6 Qd8 21. Qe3 Bxe4 22. Qxe4 Qc7 23. a5 Rd8 24. b4 Ng7 25. g4 Qe7 26. Rae1 Rd7 27. Rf6 Rfd8 28. Ref1 Rd4 29. Qe3 Rxb4 30. Rxf7 Qxf7 31. Rxf7 Kxf7 32. Qc5 Rbd4 33. Qb6 R8d7 34. h3 R4d5 35. Kg2 Kg8 36. Kf3 Rxe5 37. h4 g5 38. h5 Ne8 39. Bxa6 bxa6 40. Qxa6 Kf7 41. Qb6 Re1 42. Qb5 Nf6 43. a6 Ra1 44. Qxg5 Rxa6 45. Qh6 Ke8 46. Ke2 Rf7 47. Qg5 Rd6 48. c4 Rd4 49. Qb5+ Nd7 50. g5 Rf5 51. Qa6 Ke7 52. Qa3+ Rc5 53. g6 hxg6 54. hxg6 Rxc4 55. g7 Rg4 56. Qa1 Re5+ 57. Kf3 Rxg7 0-1